Summary: In our text, let’s consider what the imperishable Word of God produces in people: 1- Purification 2- Love 3- Eternity
INTRO.- Many good things don’t last long, do they? A delicious meal. A good pair of shoes. A favorite pair of jeans. A favorite car or truck. They all eventually wear out unless we get rid of them before that time.
And how about the human body? Whew! Man, does it ever perish or fade with the passing of time! Have you looked in the mirror lately? What do you see that wasn’t there 30 or 40 years ago? Wrinkles? Gray hair or no hair? Sagging this and sagging that? Bulging this and bulging that?
ILL.- When I was 50 years of age I could run 20 miles at 7 minutes a mile. Now I would have trouble walking 5 miles. What is that? It’s called aging, a hip replacement, and just plain tired!
ILL.- An older woman took a package to the post office to mail and was told it would cost $3.95 for fast delivery or $2.30 for slower service.
"There is no hurry," she told the clerk, "just so the package is delivered in my lifetime." He glanced at her and said, "That will be $3.95, please."
ILL.- A woman walked up to a little old man rocking in a chair on his porch. "I couldn’t help noticing how happy you look," she said. "What’s your secret for a long happy life?"
"I smoke three packs of cigarettes a day," he said. "I also drink a case of whiskey a week, eat fatty foods, and never exercise."
"That’s amazing," the woman said. "How old are you?’ "Twenty-six," he said.
Some of the things we do age us faster than others.
ILL.- Two elderly couples were enjoying friendly conversation when one of the men asked the other, "Fred, how was the memory clinic you went to last month?"
"Outstanding," Fred replied. "They taught us all the latest psychological techniques - visualization, association - it made a huge difference for me."
"That’s great! What was the name of the clinic?" Fred went blank He thought and thought, but he couldn’t remember.
Then a smile broke across his face and he asked, "What do you call that flower with the long stem and thorns?" "You mean a rose?" "Yes, that’s it!" He turned to his wife and said, "Rose, what was the name of that clinic?"
If nothing else, our minds are perishing or wasting away.
Brothers and sisters, there is only one thing in this world that will neve perish or fade away and that’s the Word of God!
Isn’t it great to know that what we believe is eternal truth? It will never die or pass away. And it’s not just the Word of God that will never pass away. It’s something else that is extremely valuable in the eyes of God that will never pass away. DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS?
PROP.- In our text, let’s consider what the imperishable Word of God produces in people:
22Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth.
ILL.- The state of Pennsylvania once had a law that reads: “If any person shall willfully, premeditatedly and despitefully blaspheme, or speak loosely or profanely of Almighty God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, or the Scriptures of Truth, such a person, on conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine, not exceeding $100, and undergo an imprisonment, not exceeding three months, or either, at the discretion of the court.” Wow!